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March 3, 2014 at 1:14 AM

Morning links: UW could face Utah in Pac-12 Tourney

Washington guard Andrew Andrews scored 19 points to lead the Huskies to a 59-57 win over Utah on Jan. 8, 2014 at Alaska Airlines Arena. (Photo credit: University of Washington)

Washington guard Andrew Andrews scored 19 points to lead the Huskies to a 59-57 win over Utah on Jan. 8, 2014 at Alaska Airlines Arena. (Photo credit: University of Washington)

If the season ended today, Washington would receive the No. 8 seed in the Pac-12 Tournament and face No. 9 Utah in the 12 p.m. opening-round game at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Arena.

The Huskies split the regular-season series and both teams won at home by single digits.

As we noted last week most years it’s essential to finish the regular season among the top four, which guarantees a first-round bye in the conference tournament. Since the conference adopted byes in 2006, a team seeded lower than fourth has won the tournament champion in two of the past eight years. Colorado (sixth seed) did it in 2012 and USC (sixth seed) in 2009.

Finishing the regular season among the top four may not be so important this year because the 11th-place Washington State and 12th-place USC are really bad. The Trojans are riding a 10-game losing streak and the Cougars have lost seven straight.

The fifth-place team plays No. 12 and sixth-place team plays No. 11, which appears to be a tuneup. And it gets better. If the fifth- and sixth-place teams advance, they wouldn’t face the top two seeds in the semifinals.


Game 1 — No. 8 Washington vs. No. 9 Utah, 12 p.m.
Game 2 — No. 5 California vs. No. 12 USC, 2:30 p.m.
Game 3 — No. 7 Oregon vs. No. 10 Oregon State, 6 p.m.
Game 4 — No. 6 Stanford vs. No. 11 Washington State, 8:30 p.m.


Game 5 — Game 1 winner vs. No. 1 Arizona, 12 p.m.
Game 6 — Game 2 winner vs. No. 4 Colorado, 2:30 p.m.
Game 7 — Game 3 winner vs. No. 2 UCLA, 6 p.m.
Game 8 — Game 4 winner vs. No. 3 Arizona State, 8:30 p.m.


Game 9 — Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner, 6 p.m.
Game 10 — Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner, 8:30 p.m.


Game 11 — Championship, 3 p.m.


— No. 3 Arizona clinched the outright Pac-12 regular-season title with a 79-66 win over Stanford at McKale Center. The Wildcats (27-2, 14-2) completed an unbeaten home season in what could have been the final McKale Center game for three players: freshman Aaron Gordon, junior Nick Johnson and freshman Rondae Hollis-Jefferson. If it was his final game at home, Gordon made it a good one. He finished with 19 points and career-high 15 rebounds. T.J. McConnell scored 14 points, Gabe York 12, Johnson 11 and Kaleb Tarczewski 10.

— The game was a bigger blowout than the score indicates. Stanford trailed 41-28 at halftime and was down by 25 points (68-43) with 10:03 left. The Cardinal made it respectable with a 19-5 run that cut it to 73-62 with 2:45 left. Josh Huestis matched his career high with 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for Stanford (18-10, 9-7). Anthony Brown added 14 points and Chasson Randle and Dwight Powell had 12 apiece.

Jordan Adams scored 20 of his 24 points in the second half and UCLA rallied from an 11-point deficit to beat Oregon State 74-69 Sunday night at Pauley Pavilion to snap its only two-game losing streak of the season. Kyle Anderson added 14 points, nine rebounds and five assists for the Bruins (22-7, 11-5). Adams and Anderson returned to action after being suspended for Thursday night’s 87-83 double-overtime loss to Oregon for an undisclosed violation of team rules.

— With the loss, Oregon State (15-13, 7-9) fell to 10th in the Pac-12. Roberto Nelson, the Pac-12’s leading scorer, led OSU with 23 points. Devon Collier added 15 points and Eric Moreland had 13 rebounds to lead Oregon State to a 36-31 advantage on the boards. The Beavers beat UCLA 71-67 in Corvallis four weeks ago and were looking for its first regular-season sweep since 1988. OSU led 38-29 at halftime, but was outscored 45-31 in the second half.

— And here’s the top 25 ballot I emailed to the Associated Press on Sunday night.

1. Florida (27-2)
2. Arizona (26-2)
3. Wichita State (31-0)
4. Villanova (26-3)
5. Virginia (25-5)
6. Duke (23-6)
7. Syracuse (26-3)
8. Wisconsin (24-5)
9. Louisville (24-5)
10. Kansas (22-7)

11. San Diego State (25-3)
12. Michigan (21-7)
13. North Carolina (22-7)
14. Saint Louis (25-4)
15. Creighton (23-5)
16. Cincinnati (24-5)
17. Iowa State (22-6)
18. Memphis (22-7)
19. UConn (23-6)
20. Michigan State (22-7)

21. Kentucky (21-8)
22. Ohio State (22-8)
23. Iowa (20-9)
24. SMU (23-6)
25. Texas (21-8)

In – SMU
Out – UCLA

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